Auto-Renewals at the Tyson Library!


Tyson Library is now an Auto-Renewal Library!

Evergreen Indiana has introduced Auto-Renewals! What does this mean for Tyson Library patrons?

Items will be renewed automatically on their due date. If you’ve given us your email address, you’ll be notified when your items are successfully renewed. If you would like to give us your email address for notifications, please call the library!

PLEASE NOTE: There are circumstances for items not eligible for Auto-Renewals! Items not eligible for Auto-Renewal will have a Hold for another patron OR the maximum amount of item renewals has been met.

Be sure to read your emails carefully! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the library at 812-689-5894.

For a whole list of items and dates due please log in to your account here.


Tyson Library Kicks Off Summer 2023 with Touch-A-Truck

Summer programming for 2023 is officially underway at Tyson Library following last Saturday’s Touch-A-Truck event! We had so much fun seeing our young patrons explore the different vehicles parked on our block of West Tyson Street. The drivers were so great with each young visitor and their families – answering questions, helping them climb into the vehicle, and encouraging them to honk the horn or start the sirens.

Izzy and Chloe Burdette learn about the equipment used by Southeastern Indiana REMC with their grandmother Janet Vanosdol.

This event was made possible with the support of many area businesses and first responders who donated their time. Please join us in thanking the Versailles Police Department, the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, the Indiana State Police, the Versailles Fire Department, Ripley County EMS, the Versailles Street Department, South Ripley Schools, Southeastern Indiana REMC, Affordable Todd’s Wrecker and Repair, 3C Express, and Crum Trucking. By our informal count, approximately 200 people attended Saturday’s event.

Members of the Versailles community and visitors from out of town found their way to the Touch-A-Truck event. Here they wait their turn to sit in the driver’s seat of the truck brought by Affordable Todd’s Wrecker and Repair.

Tyson Library provided BINGO cards that the kids could fill by stopping at each vehicle and getting the driver’s signature. After filling their BINGO cards the kids got to pick a prize from the library’s Treasure Box.

Young Sarah Dixon and Amelia Hepner learned about ambulances and the equipment they carry from Ripley County EMS at Tyson Library’s Touch-A-Truck event on June 10.

Library staff was also available to sign kids up for summer classes and provide information on the adult programs and events scheduled to take place this season. It is not too late to join us for summer reading! Visit our Summer Explorers page to learn more about summer reading and programs. To sign up, please, stop in, call 812-689-5894, or email

Connor Crowe and his dad, Evan, talked with the Versailles Fire Department about the engine and other equipment that firefighters use to protect themselves on the job.

Visit our Facebook page for more photos from the June 10, 2023 Touch-A-Truck event.


Celebrating 1000 Books Before Kindergarten For 3 Young Readers

AJ Dell, Josiah Evans, and Mark Wright celebrate reading 1000 Books Before Kindergarten at Tyson Library.

Tyson Library hosted a celebration Wednesday, February 9 for three young patrons who have recently finished reading 1000 books before they started kindergarten. Josiah Evans, son of Rachel and Josh Evans; AJ Dell, son of Kyla and Brett Dell; and Mark Wright, son of Aly and Caleb Wright each received a certificate, a t-shirt, and a bound booklet of their completed tracking sheets.

Tyson Library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is open for all children who have not started kindergarten. As a family reads together they mark their tracking sheet, counting their way up to the next 100-book milestone. Our local program does not require that the 1000 books be different titles. If you child really enjoys reading the same book over and over for a week, each time you read that book, it counts.

Reading together helps develop reading and language skills, and also creates bonds and memories that will last a life time.

Click here to learn more about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program at Tyson Library


In 2022, We Read to New Heights!

The Tyson Library staff set goals to read enough books to reach their own height if those books were stacked one on top of the other. Some of us met our goals, and we all enjoyed the challenge!

Trey met his goal in early October 2022.

Together we read more than 325 books. Most of the books we read were in traditional print format, but many were audiobooks or ebooks.

Donna met her goal in early November 2022.

Congrats to our staff who read to their heights!

  • Trey Bradshaw, Circulation
  • Donna McCombs, Cataloging & Children’s Programming
  • Aly Wright, Children & Teen Programming
  • Tali Crowe, Marketing & Adult Programming
Aly met her goal in December 2022.

“I’m excited about a new year for reading books and trying to beat my goal from last year,” said Aly Wright, Children & Teen Programming Coordinator.


What does a good bookmark look like? Show us in our 2023 Bookmark Contest

Click the link below to download this year’s entry form!

It’s time to bust out the craft supplies and break through those winter blues with the 2023 Tyson Library Bookmark Contest!

This is our official invitation to any and all local students in preschool through 12th grade to submit an entry for this year’s contest. The winning designs from each age/grade category will be available as Tyson Library’s official bookmarks for 2023.

Need a little inspiration? Just take a look at last year’s winning designs!

Each design can be as colorful and creative as your child wants to make their design – we want the students to have fun and show us what they think of when it comes to books and the joy of reading.

We will celebrate this year’s winners during National Library Week (April 23-29) with a reception for the winners and their families at the Tyson Activity Center.


  • Design MUST fit in a space 8 inches by 2 inches (like the box included on the printable form)
  • Limit 1 drawing per person
  • Designs can be hand or computer drawn in color or black & white using ink, crayon, paint, or other media. (Note: pencil drawings are often not reproducible, thus NOT accepted.)
  • Submitted drawings must have the child’s name, grade, and parent’s signature (authorizing the library to use the winning drawing)
  • Theme: Designs should showcase the fun and adventure of reading, books, Tyson Library, or community/All Together Now

Important Dates:

  • Monday, March 27 at 6 p.m. – Entries due in person to the front desk, via email to, or faxed to 812-750-8263
  • Friday, April 7 – Winners will be notified by end of day
  • Tuesday, April 25, time TBD – 2023 Bookmark Contest Winners Reception at Tyson Activity Center

Age/Grade Categories:

  1. Preschool
  2. Grades K-3
  3. Grades 2-3
  4. Grades 4-6
  5. Grades 7-9
  6. Grades 10-12

Call 812-689-5894 or email with any questions.


Tyson Library Receives $2,000 PNC Grant

Tyson Library received a $2,000 grant at the end of October from the PNC Foundation. These funds will help us launch several new projects and programs for our young patrons.

“We are so excited for the opportunities provided for us by the PNC Foundation grant. The items that we will be able to purchase for our Story Time and our children’s programming are much appreciated,” said Children’s and Teen Programming Coordinator Aly Wright. “We look forward to being able to offer Storytime Kits and Interactive Book Kits for our elementary students that this money will help us do, along with helping with other children’s programs and needs.”

One new program this recent grant will allow us to host will be with the Kids Discovery Factory of Batesville for our school-aged patrons. So, follow us on Facebook and remember to check back here later for more information as we work to get this on our calendar.

The other needs Ms. Aly mentioned include updating our board book shelving in the Children’s Area. Tyson Library Director Margaret Marcy and Ms. Aly are in the early planning stages of this project now.

Board books are an important part of our collection as they are often the first books families enjoy together. Their durable pages allow children to enjoy looking at and flipping through the pages, sometimes before they are even toddlers. We are hoping to update our current setup with something more engaging and accessible for children of all ages.

“The storytime and book kits are just the beginning of a larger collection we are hoping to build for our community,” said Adult Programming Coordinator Tali Crowe. “We are planning to offer a ‘Library of Things’ that will include many non-traditional items that you can check out from the library.”

The staff are still working on what we want to include in our Library of Things, but so far we know it will include storytime and book kits, craft kits, baking tools, and much more. Please leave us a comment or email us at if you have any ideas of items we could include in our local Library of Things.

And, be sure to check back here for more information about these projects and more. There’s always something exciting going on at your local library!


Take your pick of the patch!

Get into the Pumpkin Show spirit with a good book

Versailles is gearing up for the 2022 Versailles Lions Club Pumpkin Show on the square, so we figure now is a great time to check out a book – or 2 – about pumpkins! There are so many fun books to choose from in our collection at Tyson Library.

I’ll leave a thorough list below for you to get an idea of just how much fun these orange fruits can be inside the pages of a book. And, for any Disney or Tim Burton fans out there we have NEW book in our teen section you NEED to check out:

Long Live the Pumpkin King by Shea Ernshaw

That’s right. It’s a sequel to Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas with Sally taking the leading role this time.

Another teen recommendation in our collection is Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

This graphic novel follows a pair of high school seniors as they spend their last pumpkin season together after 3 years. Check it out today to see how they “go out with a bang!”

Other books about pumpkins in our collection at Tyson Library:

Board Books

Picture & Easy Reader

Junior Fiction


I also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the library will be closed Saturday, September 24 so our staff can participate in the Pumpkin Show Parade. We look forward to seeing many familiar faces along the parade route!

Teen DND Group Enters First Major Battle of Campaign

Tyson Library’s Teen DND Group ended their first September session in the midst of a heated battle. The 7-member party is working to rescue a professor from thugs in their campaign through the fictional world of Evaria.

Teen Program Coordinator Aly Wright is leading the group through their first Dungeons and Dragons Campaign in the role of Dungeon Master. Each teen gets to use their imagination to navigate their character through trials in the cooperative adventure game.

The group meets in the library’s gallery twice a month to play, and their imaginations are on full display with each turn. Email for more information about teen programs at Tyson Library.

Click here to learn more about Dungeons & Dragons!


Tyson Library Teen Council contributes to Versailles Rocks Campaign

Summer looks a little different for Tyson Library’s Teen Council compared to the other classes. The teens’ activities tend to stray from the annual theme. This year our council members explored several topics, including communication skills, mental health, and physical health practices.

TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – Tyson Library Teen Council members work to decide which items might be the most helpful to them in an emergency scenario. In this case, they had to save themselves from a shipwreck with items like food rations and a mirror. Pictured, from left, are Kaylee, Abbie, and Mavery.

Children and Teen Programming Coordinator Aly Wright said the library aims to offer the teens a chance to learn different skills each summer. This year she planned to focus the teens Friday afternoon classes around topics to help them learn about health and happiness.

TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – Marie Menchhofer speaks to the Tyson Library Teen Council about mental health. She explains why it is important to talk about, pay attention to, and take care of your mental health.

Early in the summer Aly led a program on effective communication. In another session, the teens used their deductive reasoning skills in a life-sized game of Clue. And, at their final summer session, they heard from Main Street Versailles President Holly Wehr about giving back to their community. After hearing from Holly, the teens painted rocks with fun designs and positive messages to hide around the community as part of the ongoing #VersaillesRocks campaign. If you spot a fun, painted rock around town, post a picture to social media with the hashtag to help spread the joy!

TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – The Tyson Library Teen Council paint rocks to the ongoing Versailles Rocks campaign. Main Street Versailles President Holly Wehr tells the teens about being involved and volunteering in the local community.

Our Teen Council is open for all students in grades 7-12. They meet monthly throughout the year to participate in various programs and service projects. To learn more, go to

TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – Tyson Library Teen Council members use their attention to detail and deductive reasoning skills in a life-sized game of Clue one Friday afternoon this summer. At the end, one teen had solved the case! Pictured, from left, are Abbie, Mavery, Crystal, and Nolan.

Update (Part 2): We’re Reading to Our Heights in 2022 at Tyson Library

It’s time to share how the last of our staff participating in our Read to Your Height Challenge are doing!

Margaret, Director – Goal: 5’3″

Margaret has read 12 books since January 1.

“I am really enjoying this challenge and it is fun to see what other staff members are reading,” Margaret said.

Margaret’s favorite read this year (so far): In Honor’s Defense (Hanger’s Horsemen Series) by Karen Witemeyer, Christian Fiction

“I think I have read all of Karen Witemeyer’s books and this was a favorite series of mine,” said Margaret.

Her least favorite read this year (so far): Forever My Own by Tracie Peterson (Ladies of the Lake Series), Christian Fiction

“…I just didn’t like it as much as the other two in the series,” Margaret said. “There was less action and the main characters were from Sweden and the author included a lot of Swedish words that were hard for me to pronounce – haha!

Margaret has been reading the genres that she enjoys reading, like Historical Christian Fiction. She enjoys this genre because “the time was so much simpler than it is today, and I like learning some historical facts that the authors adds to the books,” Margaret said.

Trey, Circulation – Goal: 6’3″

Trey is leading the pack with 43 books complete so far this year.

“I absolutely love the reading track sheet that we have started here at Tyson Library. I would say that I have probably read more books than normal in the past few years since I’ve been working in a public library,” said Trey. “And, I am very proud that I’ve still got the rest of the year to read more novels.”

Trey’s favorite read this year (so far): Qb: My Life Behind the Spiral by Jeff Benedict and Steve Young, Sports

Trey’s overall goal for the year is to read more than 75 books and to try to read some “controversial” classics. some classic novels that are considered controversial.

“My favorite genre is definitely biographies and memoirs,” Trey said. “I like them because you can learn so much about individuals who were maybe misunderstood by the public or maybe they went through the same struggles you are currently going through in your life.”

If you saw our original post about setting these “reading to our heights” goals in January, we hope you’ll continue to follow along. There isn’t a reward for reaching our goals (other than the self-satisfaction, I suppose), but I think we’re all enjoying the challenge.

Don’t forget to see how the rest of the staff is doing in our previous update post!

Check out our reading logs in the adult area of our collection the next time you stop in. If you see a title there you’ve been thinking about reading or have already read, we’d love to chat about it!


Update (Part 1): We’re Reading to Our Heights in 2022 at Tyson Library

Somehow, we are already halfway through 2022. Which means most of the staff here at Tyson Library should, ideally, be able to stack the books they’ve read since January 1 on top of each other and the stack stand somewhere around their midriff. Let’s see how our reading efforts are stacking up to the challenge!

Aly, Children and Teen Programming – Goal: 5’5″

Aly has added 29 books to her chart so far this year.

“I find that I am reading a lot more than I have in probably 5 or 6 years,” Aly said. “I want to be able to read to my height, so instead of scrolling on my phone, I pull out a book instead.”

Aly’s favorite read this year (so far): Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business by Dolly Parton, Non-Fiction

Her least favorite read this year (so far): How Not to Fall in Love by Jacqueline Firkins, Young Adult

Aly’s book choices earlier in the year were largely in the genre of non-fiction, but she has found her way into quite a few historical romance and thriller tales lately.

“I’ve enjoyed most of (the historical romance), but sometimes the romance stories can be a little too predictable,” said Aly.

She’s also added the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn to her list, and has seemed to enjoy the source material used in the popular Netflix production.

Donna, Cataloger – Goal: 5’3″

Donna’s chart includes 25 titles from the first half of the year.

Donna said she doesn’t think she’s read more books than she would have normally this year because of the challenge. This will be the first time she’s tried to keep track of her own reading habit for an entire year.

“I’ve always been an avid reader,” said Donna. “It’ll be interesting to see how many books I will read by the end of the year.”

Donna’s favorite book this year (so far): The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah, Historical Fiction or The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, also Historical Fiction

Donna said this was a difficult choice, because she has enjoyed so many.

“My favorite genre is historical fiction, especially WWII,” Donna said. “I enjoy learning things I didn’t already know when I read a book. And, I also enjoy a good page-turner as well.”

Margaret Ann, Circulation – Goal: 5′

Margaret Ann has finished 19 books since January 1, 2022.

Margaret Ann’s non-strategy to read to her height is simply to “read, read, read!” She said: “If you are reading something that catches your interested, you will read faster to find out what happens!”

Margaret Ann’s favorite read this year (so far): The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn, Historical Fiction

“The challenge is not the size of the book! said Margaret Ann. “I just don’t read as much during the summer months – that is the challenge! I would rather be outside in the summer, working on my flowers.”

Before the year is over, Margaret Ann plans to read at least one book that is out of her “comfort zone.” She’s been enjoying historical fiction and realistic mysteries, so far this year.

Tali, Advertising & Marketing – Goal: 5’3″

Tali has added 29 titles to her list in the last 6 months.

“I read in just about every format, I think,” Tali said. “This includes the traditional book we all think of when we picture going to the library, along with audiobooks, digital audiobooks, e-books, and even graphic novels.”

Tali’s favorite book this year (so far): Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (Earthseed #1), Dystopia

Tali’s least favorite book this year (so far): Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution by Amber Tamblyn, Non-Fiction

“I’ve read more for pleasure this year than I have in…I want to say decades, like since I did summer reading programs as a kid,” said Tali. “Setting a goal and challenging myself to chisel away at it day by day and week by week is intrinsically rewarding for me and having the extra motivation with the public tracking charts is helping to keep me reading when I would normally tell myself that I’m too busy.”

While some of us have made great progress towards our goals in the last 6 months, others still have a ways to go. But, we have plenty of time to catch up!

If you saw our original post about setting these “reading to our heights” goals in January, we hope you’ll continue to follow along. There isn’t a reward for reaching our goals (other than the self-satisfaction, I suppose), but I think we’re all enjoying the challenge.

“I would encourage more people to try some sort of reading challenge, even if it isn’t this one,” Aly said. “I’ve always wanted to read more. I used to read a lot when I was younger and a teenager, but it lessened as I’ve gotten older. So I’m happy that I have a challenge pushing me in a goal I already wanted to accomplish.”

Check out our reading logs in the adult area of our collection the next time you stop in. If you see a title there you’ve been thinking about reading or have already read, we’d love to chat about it!